In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, the library may alter service hours, delay opening or close one or more locations. A community branch will typically delay opening until noon if the corresponding school district changes its hours of operation due to weather. For the most up-to-date information, follow us on social media or call 417-724-6100.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you determine when the library will be closed?
Staff and patron safety is the primary concern. We rely on local and national weather sources, road conditions and emergency management organizations when determining whether or not to close the library.
Where can I find out that the library is closed?
Before traveling to the library, visit our website and social media, or call for updated closing information.
Are the outdoor book returns closed when the library is closed?
No. They remain open.
What about items that are due?
Overdue charges accrued on the day(s) the library is closed for inclement weather will be waived.
What about my holds?
Materials on hold will be extended until the library reopens.
What about my meeting room reservation?
If the library closes, all scheduled events and room reservations will be canceled. To reschedule a room reservation, visit christiancountylibrary.
What about library events/programs?
Events scheduled during a time the library is closed will be canceled. Rescheduled events will be added to the event calendar.
Full Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Policy
Though some situations may require altered hours of operation or complete closure of one or more Christian County Library community branches, all reasonable attempts will be made to keep the library open during weather-related or unplanned emergency events.
Library branches, including drive-up service, will typically delay opening until noon if the corresponding public school district delays the start of their school day or closes due to inclement weather.
If conditions merit, the Executive Director or designated alternate may change the hours of operation as needed to protect the safety of staff and patrons.
If a weather-related or unexpected event occurs on a day school is not in session, the Executive Director or designated alternate will decide whether there will be delayed openings, abbreviated hours or complete closings.
Unscheduled closings of any form will be announced to the public via the Christian County Library website, social media, physical signage when possible, local news media outlets and voicemail.
You can find the full Christian County Library Policy Manual here.